updated 10:35 am EST, Thu January 25, 2007
Samsung B6550 and TV Guide
LG's cellphone service LGT released both a new phone as well as a new guide to help manage the exploding growth of mobile TV. The B6550 stems from Samsung's Anycall line and is the first dual-action folding phone to support digital broadcast TV. An enhanced version of the US-bound U740, the handset uses its double-hinged display to its advantage for video. It can be opened normally for data and other text-based functions, LG says; opening it laterally, however, creates a more natural widescreen display for DMB TV and pre-recorded clips. The phone otherwise shares many of its American counterpart's elements and integrates a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and external music controls for when the phone is closed.
The B6550 also represents the first phone from LGT to carry the DMB Channel Guide, the carrier said. Subscribers to Internet plans can use their connections to download detailed schedule information about current and upcoming programs for on the 16 channels LGT offers, applying equally to TV and radio. The service is not limited to the B6550 but is tailored to use the dual-folding modes to its advantage. LG says the Guide along with black and silver versions of the B6550 will debut soon.